With Harry hogging the headlines, another hot Spur-turned-England newbie has flown in under the radar
You played with Harry Kane from a young age. Did you know he’d be this good? Harry always had that knack for scoring goals. This is a club with a long history of great goalscorers, and I think Harry has all the qualities to be up there with the best of them.
Has the scrutiny on Harry this season helped you to get on with things quietly?
Harry deserves all the credit coming his way because he works so hard. He’s been given the opportunity and he’s taken it. But you might be right: maybe I do enjoy all the fuss being about him. I can go about my business; get on with things.
We hear that Harry is “one of our own” every week but the same can be said of you…
Yeah, I’ve been at the club since I was seven. I’m from North London, so the club is a part of my childhood. At first the football is just fun but as you progress, the dream becomes to reach the first team. From about 14, all you want is to one day walk out at White Hart Lane on a Premier League matchday. I had to wait a very long time for my chance [Mason turns 24 in June] but it was worth it. Maybe the wait made it sweeter.
Is there something extra special about playing with guys you grew up with through the ranks at Spurs?
It’s a lot of fun, definitely. The players who are currently playing at youth level can see so many of us making progress, and it gives the whole club a lift. We’ve all played in front of 100 people together, so to all play in the Premier League week in, week out, and Wembley too, has just been a dream. Your Premier League debut was the North London derby... Yeah, just a small one! The manager had a lot of faith in me to give me my first start at the Emirates. I was excited, but I slept well the night before. It was quite different the night after, with all the adrenaline.
What are you working on to improve your game?
I’ve always seen myself as a goalscoring midfielder, so I want to add more goals to my game in the first team. At the moment I’m part of a deep-lying two and that means sitting a bit more. At the start of the season I was desperate to score goals and maybe I rushed things, but I’ve got a couple since and hopefully more will follow.